My two daughters went back to school today after six weeks off for summer. My day was really quiet without them.
I always miss my girls so much when they go back to school after the long summer holidays and for the first few days I feel like a big part of me is somehow missing.
I decided to cook a meal for dinner, that they both really enjoy…the humble ‘Pasta Bolognese’.
I make the bolognese sauce the same as everyone does it, but I use my own passata and add loads of my home grown vegetables.
The homegrown vegetables I used in tonights sauce were tomatoes (for the passata), courgettes, garlic, onion, basil, broad beans, carrots and runner beans.
(Incidentally, my husband and daughter both think they don’t like runnerbeans or broadbeans, but they don’t know they are actually eating them, as I cook them in a separate pan and then puree them down and mix them in at the end).
No one can accuse our family of not having our ‘five a day’.
The only things I paid for was 800 grams of minced beef and a sprinkling of dried oregano and the dried pasta, so it was a really cheap meal to make.
I made a great big pot full of the sauce and I separated it into three. One for tonight and two to freeze for another time.
If I need a quick meal one evening, I just defrost the bolognaise sauce before hand and then re-heat it in the microwave, until it is piping hot, and serve it with pasta.
I’m sure that homemade bolognaise sauce is much better for you, than a jar you buy from the supermarket, that has lots of ‘e-numbers’ and preservatives. A homemade sauce will probably have more meat in it too, even though I padded it out with lots of vegetables.
I mix the cooked pasta into my sauce, as this way the sauce goes even further.
My family also sprinkle a little bit of cheese on the top of their pasta and they all really enjoyed it.
At my allotment today I noticed my green manure is growing nicely.
You can read about my green manure here.
My pumpkins have finally put a spurt on, so at least our family will have a pumpkin for halloween:
And finally I picked one of my cabbages and I am really pleased with it.
This was one of the cabbages that were attacked really badly by flea beatle in May and June. I decided to leave them in and I gave them a weekly feed with a seaweed tonic and hoped for the best. I think they recovered well.
My Cosmos is finally flowering now too, better late than never.
Thank you for reading my blog today.